Strange the Dreamer #1
Other Books: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Published by Little Brown Books For Young Readers on March 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
I think my brain suffered more than enjoyed reading Strange the Dreamer.
Laini Taylor’s newest novel is definitely not my cup of tea. At all. I don’t know if I’m disappointed with that fact or not, because everyone keeps saying THE BOOK IS SO GOOD.
And I’m over here shaking my head.
This is probably an “it’s not you, it’s me” scenario.
Strange the Dreamer is SO slow
I know a lot of people will probably agree, but OMG this dragged so much, and I lost patience eventually. I don’t know when it gets better and picks up, but holy monkeys, the pacing sure doesn’t pick up in 44% of the book. That’s nearly half the book! 🤔
Note: Maybe it does get better? I won’t find out… but just know this review and rating is based off 44% of the book.
Taylor’s writing is really pretty though?
I loved the writing and descriptions… for the most part! But the writing was too much and didn’t help the pacing at all. At some point, I glossed over the writing and the book went completely over my head. What even is reading?
Strange the Dreamer focuses a lot on world building
There is no denying Taylor’s newest series is great for those who really want to visualize the world and don’t care much about the plot or action. OR they have a lot more patience than I do because maybe the sequel will be more action-packed. I’m wondering why I had the patience for The Bone Witch then. Curiouser and curiouser.